The second group of four LLC (LHD Landing Crafts) for the Royal Australian Navy has arrived Sydney on 5th. February. The landing crafts departed from Navantia Bay of Cádiz last 27th. December and have arrived to the HMAS Waterhen base, where will be commissioned to the Australian Defence Materiel Organization.
Navantia delivered the first four units in May 2014. These landing crafts and the last four units, to be delivered in mid 2015, will operate with the ALHD ‘Canberra’ and the ALHD ‘Adelaide’.
The crafts can transport troops and equipment, including Abrams and other army vehicles, as well as a fusiliers company or 20ft container truck.
Built in cooperation with BAE Systems, the 27,000t, 23.30m-long LHD is integrated with radar navigation and a global positioning system, as well as gyro needle / magnetic and HF communications equipment, including VHF and UHF.
Canberra-class LHDs are armed with 6mm x 12.7mm machine guns, a Nulka active-missile decoy system, anti-torpedo towed defence system and four 20mm automated guns.